A remarkable, pulp cover painting by Harold H.W. McCauley for the Ziff-Davis science fiction pulp title Fantastic Adventures. Created as the cover for the July 1947 issue, illustrating the interior story “Goddess of the Golden Flame” by William P. McGivern. This is a dazzling work that combines suspense, peril and drama, with a pretty Mac-girl pin-up creation presiding over the golden flame in a cavern in the Himalayas. In the foreground beneath the femme fatale, a Doc Savage inspired adventurer recoils from a dragon who has emerged from behind the fiery cauldron. A technically adept well conceived painting that employs all the essential pulp elements of fear and danger in its composition.
Painting is handsomely framed and matted behind glass and in a fine state of conservation – comes with the complete edition of Fantastic Adventures, July 1947.